Breathe, Just Breathe

As most of you know (if you don’t, shame on you), I am a major sports fan. I bleed Buffalo blue gold and red. The Sabres season starts on Friday with a game against the Anaheim Ducks, dubbed a “home game” even though it’s overseas. We are in an interesting period in Buffalo sports, with the Sabres still exciting fans after Lord Pegula saved us from uncertain departure/disenfranchisement, buying 3 players and locking up Tyler Myers, and the Bills shocking the NFL world as well as the real world with an upset victory over New England, only to lose it’s first game yesterday to the Bengals.

This is a message to all Buffalo sports fans, not just one sect or the other. Ready? Here it is:

Don’t get worked up over one loss.

The way Bills fans have been talking today, it seems like the sky is falling, the world is coming to an end, we’re preparing for a rapture, or something drastic like that. Yes, they lost to a team with a rookie QB, but it’s ONE GAME. And, last time I read a newspaper, turned on the television, radio, or talked to someone with half a brain who watches enough sports, no one expected the Bills, or expects the Sabres, to pull a perfect season out of the hat. In the NHL, it’s never been done. Let that sink in. No one, in the history of the National Hockey League, has ever finished a season without a single loss. I understand this completely. I also understand that no one thinks that the Sabres will have a perfect 82-0 season either. I’m just simply stating a redundant sentence that this year especially, we should heed even more.

So please, Buffalo sports fans. Don’t get worked up over a loss to Cincy. Don’t panic when we drop a game to Pittsburgh, Winnipeg, Calgary, Vancouver, Philly, New York, or Boston. Don’t fret when we have a minor losing streak to Ottawa, Columbus, Minnesota, or Toronto. It’s a long season in sports, and it’s one minor setback. Pull yourselves together and be patient.

Don’t get worked up over one loss. And if you do, just play Anna Nalick.


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